Teaching : oriental bass
It’s a challenge to try and approach the rich oriental music culture with a western instrument like the double bass or the electric bass. It’s also one of the most fascinating opportunities to evolve as a bassist. While western music strongly focusses on harmony, oriental music seems to favor melody and rhythm, which opens a whole new range of possibilities for the bass.
The microtonal subtleties of the oriental sound systems expand the ways for western musicians, especially for bassists, to express themselves. Four different music cultures are part of the curriculum: maqam – Arabic, makam – Turkish, dastgah – Persian and raga – Indian.
The term „Oriental Bass“ then refers to a learning process: first we play classical oriental melodies on the bass and get acquainted with the oriental
pitch space. The next step is to learn how bass players can improvise and compose their own counterpoint basslines to the oriental pieces. The process of expanding the western harmonic system by adding those microtones will expand your musical and personal horizon.